It is no secret that Bolivians love a good party. From the spiritual and traditional, to the more wild and westernised, Bolivia’s festivals are unique, colourful, and voracious. Generally, Bolivians are family oriented people and often very close-knit, with all generations living together under one roof. Marriage is an important part of society, especially in rural communities and is expected of everyone.
National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2020-2021 year
Thursday 31 December - Doce uvas (the Spanish New Year's tradition of eating twelve grape varieties, one for each of the twelve clock strokes by midnight, subsequently spread in such Spanish-speaking countries as Mexico, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica et al)
Sunday 24 January - Festival of Miniatures in Bolivia (Taking place just before Carnaval, Alasitas Fair, or Feria de las Alasitas in Spanish, is a month-long festival, where locals purchase miniature items to give to Ekeko, the Aymara god of abundance, in the hope he will bring fortunate and happiness to their lives)
Halloween is gaining popularity throughout Latin America, but it’s still somewhat of a foreign concept. Rather than being treated as a holiday in its own right, Bolivia’s Halloween celebrations (on 31st October) have sort of merged with the existing celebrations.